Nandita Das’s father Jatin Das accuses of sexual misconduct

Noted actor-filmmaker Nandita Das’s father Jatin Das has been accused of sexual harassment.

A woman entrepreneur alleged that that the award-winning painter sexually harassed her 14 years ago. The victim Nisha Bora took to Twitter to narrate the horrific experience of sexual assault. The incident dates back to 2004 when she was 28 years old. She was introduced to Jatin Das by her father-in-law. On the dinner table, Das asked her if she might have some time to assist him in organising his work material. Nisha found the idea awesome as it is honour to work with such renowned artist.

Bora recalled the first day that she visited his home, they worked together and Das gave her an autographed book and a poster as a gift. They also agreed to meet at his studio, in Khidki Village, the next day.

"I don’t recall the time of day, but it was well within daylight hours. He poured himself some whiskey; offered me one too, but I refused. It was a wonderfully cluttered space filled with creative energy. The next thing I knew, he attempted to grab me. I wriggled out of his embrace, flustered. Then he did it again. This time, he managed a clumsy kiss on my lips. I recall the feeling of his beard on my skin. I pushed him away, and moved away from him. At that moment, he said, 'Come on, it would be nice'. Or something like that. I have heard those words quite a bit in my head over time, but they are distant echoes now. What I recall clearly was his disbelief that I was pushing back. I picked up my bag, stepped out into the sun, and ran home. Never to speak about it. Until now," Bora writes, in her Facebook post. 

IANS quoted Das as saying the allegations were "ridiculous and vulgar". "This is horrifying. What else can I say? It's cheap," said Das, denying that he even knows Bora.

"If you meet, you meet hundreds of people and (when) somebody makes an allegation like this, it's very cheap. One may not recollect the name or face, but one doesn't stoop down to this level," the 76-year-old artist said.

Nandita said despite the “disturbing” allegations against her father, she would continue to support the #MeeToo movement and will always stand with the voices.

“As a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement, I want to reiterate that I will continue to add my voice to it, despite the disturbing allegations made against my father, which he has categorically denied,” Nandita Das wrote on the social networking site.

“I have maintained from the very start that this is the time we all need to listen, so that women (and men) feel safe to speak up. At the same time, it is also important to be sure about allegations so as not to dilute the movement,” the actor said.